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Monday, May 25, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Mandatory Public Notification Language
Notice of Drinking Water Monitoring and Reporting Violations
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has notified the LEISURE WORLD MOBILE HOME COMMLUNITY that we have violated the monitoring and reporting requirements set forth in Chapter 30, Section 290, Subchapter F. We are required to properly disinfect water before distribution, maintain acceptable disinfection residuals within the distribution system, monitor the disinfectant residual at various locations throughout the distribution system, and report the results of that monitoring to the TCEQ on a quarterly basis. Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not your drinking water is protected from microbial contamination. During the fourth quarter of 2008 beginning October 1, 2008 and ending December 31, 2008, we did not complete all monitoring and/or reporting for disinfectant residual monitoring & reporting, and therefore TCEQ cannot be sure of the safety of your drinking water during that time.
We are working to correct the problem. The maintenance staff at LEISURE WORLD MOBILE HOME COMMUNITY performs disinfectant residual monitoring and flushes all dead end mains on a weekly basis. The results of the monitoring are maintained on a written log form. A copy of these water quality logs is filed with the TCEQ quarterly. Management maintains a tickler file reminder to assure that the quarterly reports are filed in a timely manner.
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by mail.
For further information contact: Al Cantu, Regional Manager
400 E 18th Street
Weslaco, TX 78596
Public Water System ID # 1080222
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
When potluck Thursday rolls around there are some that can offer solutions to all the world's problems...just fill the coffee cups and gather around.
Meanwhile others are busy making sure the food is properly sequenced for the potluck partcipants.
As the hour for the starting bell draws near, everyone is at their post.
Following the meal it is always good to work off some of those extra calories.
In reality I found several ready volunteers when I wanted to shoot a picture for the latest revision of the park's brochure.
And to end on a whimsical note...how many have the necessary elements at home for a major medical diagnostic procedure?
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Daughter Julie with husband Dave Hove
Sunday, May 10, 2009
We all know that Mexico is far from perfect, but this article does put things a little more into perspective.
One Journalist’s View
By Linda Ellerbee
Sometimes I’ve been called a maverick because I don’t always agree
with my colleagues, but then, only dead fish swim with the stream all
the time. The stream here is Mexico .
You would have to be living on another planet to avoid hearing how
dangerous Mexico has become, and, yes, it’s true drug wars have
escalated violence in Mexico , causing collateral damage, a phrase I
hate. Collateral damage is a cheap way of saying that innocent people,
some of them tourists, have been robbed, hurt or killed.
But that’s not the whole story. Neither is this. This is my story.
I’m a journalist who lives in New York City , but has spent
considerable time in Mexico , specifically Puerto Vallarta , for the
last four years. I’m in Vallarta now. And despite what I’m getting
from the U.S. media, the 24-hour news networks in particular, I feel
as safe here as I do at home in New York , possibly safer. I walk the
streets of my Vallarta neighborhood alone day or night. And I don’t
live in a gated community, or any other All-Gringo neighborhood. I
live in Mexico . Among Mexicans. I go where I want (which does not
happen to include bars where prostitution and drugs are the basic
products), and take no more precautions than I would at home in New
York; which is to say I don’t wave money around, I don’t act the Ugly
American, I do keep my eyes open, I’m aware of my surroundings, and I
try not to behave like a fool.
I’ve not always been successful at that last one. One evening a friend
left the house I was renting in Vallarta at that time, and,
unbeknownst to me, did not slam the automatically-locking door on her
way out. Sure enough, less than an hour later a stranger did come into
my house. A burglar? Robber? Kidnapper? Killer? Drug lord?
No, it was a local police officer, the “beat cop” for our
neighborhood, who, on seeing my unlatched door, entered to make sure
everything (including me) was okay. He insisted on walking with me
around the house, opening closets, looking behind doors and, yes, even
under beds, to be certain no one else had wandered in, and that
nothing was missing. He was polite, smart and kind, but before he
left, he lectured me on having not checked to see that my friend had
locked the door behind her. In other words, he told me to use my
Do bad things happen here? Of course they do. Bad things happen
everywhere, but the murder rate here is much lower than, say, New
Orleans, and if there are bars on many of the ground floor windows of
houses here, well, the same is true where I live, in Greenwich
Village, which is considered a swell neighborhood — house prices start
at about $4 million (including the bars on the ground floor windows).
There are good reasons thousands of people from the United States are
moving to Mexico every month, and it’s not just the lower cost of
living, a hefty tax break and less snow to shovel. Mexico is a
beautiful country, a special place. The climate varies, but is
plentifully mild, the culture is ancient and revered, the young are
loved unconditionally, the old are respected, and I have yet to hear
anyone mention Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, or Madonna’s attempt to
adopt a second African child, even though, with such a late start, she
cannot possibly begin to keep up with Anglelina Jolie.
And then there are the people. Generalization is risky, but— in
general — Mexicans are warm, friendly, generous and welcoming. If you
smile at them, they smile back. If you greet a passing stranger on the
street, they greet you back. If you try to speak even a little
Spanish, they tend to treat you as though you were fluent. Or at least
not an idiot. I have had taxi drivers track me down after leaving my
wallet or cell phone in their cab. I have had someone run out of a
store to catch me because I have overpaid by twenty cents. I have been
introduced to and come to love a people who celebrate a day dedicated
to the dead as a recognition of the cycles of birth and death and
birth — and the 15th birthday of a girl, an important rite in becoming
a woman — with the same joy.
Too much of the noise you’re hearing about how dangerous it is to come
to Mexico is just that — noise. But the media love noise, and too many
journalists currently making it don’t live here. Some have never even
been here. They just like to be photographed at night, standing near a
spotlighted border crossing, pointing across the line to some
imaginary country from hell. It looks good on TV.
Another thing. The U.S. media tend to lump all of Mexico into one big
bad bowl. Talking about drug violence in Mexico without naming a state
or city where this is taking place is rather like looking at the
horror of Katrina and saying, “Damn. Did you know the U.S. is under
water?” or reporting on the shootings at Columbine or the bombing of
the Federal building in Oklahoma City by saying that kids all over the
U.S. are shooting their classmates and all the grownups are blowing up
buildings. The recent rise in violence in Mexico has mostly occurred
in a few states, and especially along the border. It is real, but it
does not describe an entire country.
It would be nice if we could put what’s going on in Mexico in
perspective, geographically and emotionally. It would be nice if we
could remember that, as has been noted more than once, these drug wars
wouldn’t be going on if people in the United States didn’t want the
drugs, or if other people in the United States weren’t selling Mexican
drug lords the guns. Most of all, it would be nice if more people in
the United States actually came to this part of America ( Mexico is
also America , you will recall) to see for themselves what a fine
place Mexico really is, and how good a vacation (or a life) here can
So come on down and get to know your southern neighbors. I think
you’ll like it here. Especially the people.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
The hot tub has a leak...and now is its turn for repair.
Jesse is hard at work in the hole that is needed to track down the leak.
Now is the really hard part...tunnelling under the tub to locate and repair the leak.
Realizing that the pipes are located in the "grassy" area is giving management second thoughts about pouring concrete over that area!
Hopefully the hot tub will be back in business long before our Winter residents return.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
We have had lots of stong winds this winter and there is lots of yardwork to be done. However it doesn't need to be mowed yet just need lots of clean up.
Stan enjoyed playing golf one day in Mississippi and one day in Wynne.
Keep the postings coming so that we know what all of you are doing. Have a good summer everyone.